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Old 2nd August 2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Default What sail to use with a Starboard Formula 159

Hi everyone,

I would love some help. I have been windsurfing sicne I was a kid, but only a few times a year. So I am no expert when it comes to material but I can surf ok. A few years back I bought a Starboard Formula 159. I like the fact that it stable. Feels like I'm on a boat ;-)

I have always just sailed it with the sails I had (NP and NAISH sails up to 6.0m2) I know 6m2 is technically too small for the board but it always went quite ok as long as there was enough wind. (3-4BFT) Im a lightweight guy of 60KG.

But since the newer sails are leighter these days I think I can safely try a 7.5m2 sail and hold it. I tried a few of my friends' sails (NP V8 7.5 and Gaastra Matrix 7.5) and that went well. I want to get a 7.5 sail so that I can windsurf more often even with lesser wind. All I basically do is surf up and down sweet/flat water without waves.

I am hoping you guys can tell me what sails I could choose that would go well with my board. I'm not looking to go pro and it doesnt have to be teh best perfect fit, but just as long as I dont pick a sail that -doesnt- go well with the board. I don't need to go 1000km/hour. The speed I surf with right now with my 6.0m2 and this board is fast enough. I just want to be able to surf more often. (in less wind)

Could I for example get a 7.5m2 NP V8 or a Gaastra Matrix? Or are there other sails you would recommend. Sails that I might be able to find second hand?

Thanks on forehand for any suggestions, they are very much appreciated.

John
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Old 2nd August 2013, 01:03 PM   #2
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John,
The best sail for your older formula board would probably be an 8.5 m2.
This is the size limit for girls and women in Formula Experience, so it will
be light and easy to sail for a 60 Kg. sailor.
Any of the "free race" 8.5 m2 rigs, on a 100% carbon mast and a carbon
boom would be my suggestion.
Very light in weight, lots of low end power to get you going when there's marginal
windspeed.
Sailworks Retro/Severne Overdrive/NP V8/Gaastra Matrix are all good "free race"
designs and most of them can be found on the used market.
Hope this helps,
Roger
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Old 5th August 2013, 07:18 AM   #3
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John,
The best sail for your older formula board would probably be an 8.5 m2.
This is the size limit for girls and women in Formula Experience, so it will
be light and easy to sail for a 60 Kg. sailor.
Any of the "free race" 8.5 m2 rigs, on a 100% carbon mast and a carbon
boom would be my suggestion.
Very light in weight, lots of low end power to get you going when there's marginal
windspeed.
Sailworks Retro/Severne Overdrive/NP V8/Gaastra Matrix are all good "free race"
designs and most of them can be found on the used market.
Hope this helps,
Roger
Thanks a lot for your reply! Very helpfull! Thanks.

J.
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